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NBI eyes possible criminal raps vs. Rappler execs

MANILA -- Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Wednesday ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct a probe into the possible criminal liabilities of the executives of online news website Rappler.In his Department Order (DO) No. 17, Aguirre ordered NBI Director Dante Gierran... Read More

PRRD ready to issue EO to hasten Bangsamoro bill: Dureza           

MANILA -- Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza stressed President Rodrigo Duterte is ready to issue an executive order for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) if Congress fails to accomplish it.Dureza bared in his Facebook account Wednesday that the president met with the... Read More

BOC revises rules on importers, brokers accreditation

MANILA -- The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has amended rules on the accreditation of importers and brokers in a bid to stop consignees-for-hire and fly-by-night importers and brokers.Based on Customs Memorandum Order (CMO) 02-2018, Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña has now the sole authority to... Read More

Ex-Navy chief: Bong Go no hand in FAP

MANILA -- Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher ‘Bong’ Go never asked anything about the Philippine Navy's PHP18-billion Frigate Acquisition Project (FAP).This, according to former Philippine Navy (PN) flag-officer-in-command, Vice Admiral Ronaldo Joseph Mercado, in an... Read More

PCSO to provide aid for Mayon evacuees

MANILA -- The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) through its Charity Assistance Department (CAD) will be providing medical assistance to evacuees and affected families of Mayon Volcano’s eruption in Albay.“I’ve already instructed our Charity Assistance Department to keep... Read More

Thousands of aliens barred from entering PH in 2017

MANILA -- More than 5,000 foreign nationals have been barred from entering the country last year, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported on Wednesday.According to BI Port Operations Division (POD) chief Marc Red Mariñas, a total of 5,146 foreign nationals were denied entry in different... Read More

Bong Go didn’t interfere in frigate project: DND sec

MANILA -- Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher "Bong" Go did not, in any way, interfere with the Philippine Navy's (PN) PHP18-billion Frigate Acquisition Project (FAP), Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Wednesday.“The President (Rodrigo Duterte) has already addressed the... Read More

NBI to submit initial result of probe on Dengvaxia mess

MANILA – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is set to submit the initial results of its ongoing probe on the controversial PHP3.5 billion dengue immunization program of the Department of Health (DOH), Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said Wednesday.Aguirre earlier issued... Read More

Families affected by Mayon now at 9K

MANILA -- The number of families affected by the eruption of the Mayon Volcano has now climbed to 9,480 or equivalent to 38,939 persons.This was disclosed by National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) executive director Ricardo Jalad in an update Wednesday.Affected families are... Read More

Don’t count cost when writing constitution: Ex-chief justice

MANILA -- A former Supreme Court (SC) chief justice on Wednesday said the cost of amending or revising the 1987 Constitution should not be “counted” as it is “the best investment” people can make.“We should not count the cost when writing a constitution. A good... Read More

Rappler violated the law: NPC

MANILA -- The National Press Club of the Philippines (NPC) has claimed that digital news platform Rappler violated the constitutional limit for foreign ownership on media companies, after it granted control and ownership to foreign firm Omidyar Network Fund LLC.In a statement released Jan. 16, the... Read More

Design review of 2 frigates to undergo technical inspection: DND

MANILA -- The so-called "Critical Design Review" (CDR) of the two frigates, on order from South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries, has been completed and will now be undergoing examination by the Philippine Navy's Technical Inspection and Acceptance Committee (TIAC) this week.This was... Read More

Pampanga town police chief nabbed for extortion

MANILA -- In line with efforts to eliminate scalawags from the force, the operatives of the PNP-Counter Intelligence Task Force (PNP-CITF) arrested the police chief of Sasmuan town in Pampanga for extortion during an entrapment operation Tuesday night.CITF spokesperson Chief Inspector Jewel Nicanor,... Read More

Court officials appear at Sereno impeachment

MANILA -- Several Supreme Court (SC) officials attended the hearing on the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Wednesday to shed light on the allegation of the top magistrate's lavish lifestyle and luxurious travels using public funds.Among the resource persons for... Read More

SOLCOM disaster response units alerted for Mayon unrest

MANILA -- The Lucena-based Southern Luzon Command (SOLCOM) placed all its disaster response units (DRUs) on alert following the series of phreatic explosions and lava flow coming from the Mayon Volcano early this week.This was disclosed by SOLCOM spokesperson Col. Teody T. Toribio said in a... Read More

DSWD sends relief aid for Albay evacuees

MANILA -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), through its field office in the Bicol region, sent PHP5.42 million worth of relief assistance to families who evacuated to safety as lava continued to flow from Mayon Volcano in Albay province."DSWD-Bicol today sent a total of 5,500... Read More

NE monsoon, tail-end of cold front affecting PH: PAGASA

MANILA — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said that the northeast monsoon or “amihan” is affecting Northern Luzon while the tail-end of a cold front is affecting the eastern section of Central and Southern Luzon.In its... Read More

Pres. Duterte wants review of delayed gov't projects

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Tuesday, January 16, announced that he would initiate a review of public works projects that remained unfinished for years.“So I will review with the Cabinet this one. All public works projects, which have been delayed for years, you get out... Read More

BBL to be passed before Senate adjourns in March: Zubiri

MANILA -- Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri on Tuesday said he expects the Senate to pass the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) before it adjourns session in March.Zubiri, chair of the Senate subcommittee on the BBL, made this statement after he filed a new measure on the creation of a BBL version which... Read More

Pray for bishops, CBCP head urges faithful

MANILA -- Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Archbishop Romulo Valles urged Filipino faithful to offer prayers for their prelates who will be holding their 116th Plenary Assembly next week.The Davao Archbishop said the bishops need prayers as they prepare to... Read More